Other Holidays

Looking for information on popular holidays and events celebrated around the world? Holidays profiled in this section include Mardi Gras, Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and even Festivus!

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Holidays in the U.S.

Americans observe a variety of holidays, from Groundhog Day and Labor Day to Rosh Hashanah and Kwanzaa. Check out these pictures of U.S. celebrations great and small, as well as the people and events that inspired some of them.

Who is the modern crafter?

Once largely the realm of artsy women at kitchen tables, crafting has burgeoned into a full-blown industry. Who, then, is the modern crafter?

10 BFF Girlfriend Valentines

Here is a BFF Girlfriends Guide to Valentine's Day. All 10 ideas include a DIY alternative, so you won't necessarily have a wallet the size of Paris Hilton's to have a great time with your girlfriends.

Top 10 Unexpected Valentine Gifts

The folks at HowStuffWorks are here to help you get creative for your next Valentine's Day gift. So read on for their 10 Unexpected Valentine's Day gift ideas.

How Chinese New Year Works

Every year, more than 20 percent of the world's population plunges into a period of feasts, festivities and fireworks in celebration of Chinese New Year. How did this holiday get its start?

10 Valentines From Parents to Kids

How do parents show kids they love them on Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Let HowStuffWorks and TLC give you tips and tricks to make this Valentine's Day a budget-friendly occasion with lots of heart.

How long should kids believe in the Easter bunny?

Many kids put a lot stock in the Easter bunny myth, and look forward to the arrival of their cotton-tailed friend all spring. But is it harmful for them to believe past a certain age?

Mardi Gras Slideshow

Mardi Gras fanatics will plan years in advance for the parades and parties held during the biggest week in New Orleans. See what all the fuss is about.

You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if ...

Does Valentine's Day stress you out or fill you with joy? People tend to get way too worked up about V-day. You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates isn't enough.

5 Things Your Man Won't Tell You About Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the whole year ... unless your man totally drops the ball. What's so hard to remember about picking up a dozen red roses and a bottle of wine on the way home from the office? Here's what he doesn't want you to know.

10 Best Thanksgiving Movies

After Thanksgiving dinner, some people like to watch a football game. Others like to watch a favorite movie. Can't think of any Thanksgiving-themed movie off the top of your head? No worries. We've got 10 for you right here.

10 Things Your Caterer Doesn't Want You to Know

We hire caterers to simplify the party planning process -- you can worry about the seating chart while the caterer prepares dinner for 50. But what goes on behind closed kitchen doors (even in your own home) might cause you to raise an eyebrow.

What to Give: Guide to Multicultural Holiday Celebrations

Are you wondering what to give friends and family to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? This guide to multicultural holiday celebrations will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

What Is the History of Mother's Day in Mexico?

Many Mother's Day customs spread to Mexico from the United States in the early 20th century. But did you know that the holiday got its official start because of an editorial in a newspaper?

What Is the Origin of Father's Day?

On the third Sunday of every June in the United States, sons and daughters across the country honor their fathers with cards and gifts. But have you ever stopped to wonder how this celebration got started?

Top 5 Easter Decorating Tips

Winter is so over. Lose the brocade curtains, bayberry scented candles and snuggle-up blankets. This Easter, embrace your gingham and chintzy side by inviting spring indoors.

Holiday Pictures

Everyone loves a holiday! From New Years to Thanksgiving each holiday has its own unique meaning and tradition. Check out these amazing holiday pictures.

Hanukkah Pictures

Every year, usually in mid- to late-December on the Western calendar, Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the First Thanksgiving

On the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims wore buckles, the Native Americans brought corn and everyone made merry until the sun went down. Right? That's not the most accurate portrayal of the historical event.

Top 10 April Fools' Day Pranks

April 1 gives the sneakiest ones among us an excuse for some shenanigans. Out of ideas for this year's springtime skulduggery? HowStuffWorks has 10 gags to completely confuse someone's day.

How Thanksgiving Works

Some see Thanksgiving as an example of the possibility of great respect and cooperation between two different cultures. Today, many associate the holiday less with pilgrims and American Indians and more with football and turkey.

Ultimate Guide to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

What's 63 feet long, 46 feet tall and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium? One of the behemoth balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Learn how many balloon wranglers are needed to keep the parade afloat and find out what this event has to do with emigrants, zoo animals and the holidays.

Sept. 9: Wonderful Weirdos Day

Wonderful Weirdos Day was created by citizens of Austin, Texas to celebrate personality quirks on September 9. Read more about Wonderful Weirdos Day.

July 4 1776: American Independence Day

Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence every year on July 4 with picnics and fireworks. Learn the story behind Independence Day in the United States and how its traditions came about.

National Yo-Yo Day

Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2,500 years -- it's a toy with phenomenal staying power. On June 6, yo-yo fans everywhere can "walk the dog" to commemorate the birthday of Donald Duncan, credited with making yo-yos popular in the United States.


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